The inaugural class of students in the Dental Program began classes in the summer of 2011. Students wishing to be considered for admission in 2013 may initiate the formal application process in June 2012. Click AADSAS Dental School Application in order to begin your application.
The East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine is a state-supported professional school, with a mission to provide dentists to serve the people of North Carolina. At this time, enrollment is limited to residents of North Carolina.
Criteria for NC residency at ECU can be found by CLICKING HERE
ECU SoDM Residency Application Form
(*ONLY FILL THIS OUT IF YOU HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED TO DO SO BY THE SoDM ADMISSIONS OFFICE) - Please fill out this form electronically, then print and mail to the address listed on the application.
The ECU School of Dental Medicine actively seeks to admit students with established roots and connections to North Carolina, and who have a desire to serve the communities of need throughout the state.
Successful applicants must have completed - or be on track to complete - an undergraduate bachelor's degree prior to dental school matriculation. No specific undergraduate major is required, but regardless of the major interest area, applicants must complete - at a minimum - the following specifically required courses:
Biological Sciences (8 semester hours)
A minimum of one year of general biology or zoology is required. This includes lecture and laboratory courses for the entire year (courses designed for biology majors required). Botany will not satisfy this requirement.
General/Inorganic Chemistry (8 semester hours)
A minimum of one year of general/inorganic chemistry, including lecture and laboratory courses for the entire year, is required.
Organic Chemistry (8 semester hours)
A minimum of one year of organic chemistry, including lecture and laboratory courses for the entire year, is required.
General Physics (8 semester hours)
A minimum of one year of general physics, including lecture and laboratory courses for the entire year, is required.
English (6 semester hours)
A minimum of one year of English composition is required. English as a second language (ESL) courses are not accepted.
Mathematics (6 semester hours)
A minimum of one year of college level mathematics (College Algebra and above) is required.
Applicants are urged to complete pre-requisite courses at a four-year university. A letter grade is required for all pre-requisite courses, and courses in which the applicant earns below a C must be repeated. Moreover, applicants are expected to achieve superior grades, since these courses best predict performance in the biological sciences of the dental curriculum. All admission requirements must be completed no later than June 30th of the desired year of matriculation.
No more than 60 of the minimum required credits will be accepted from a community college or junior college. Furthermore, these credits must have been validated (i.e., accepted for transfer credit) by an accredited college or arts and sciences.
Advanced Placement (AP) credits will be accepted, provided that they are accepted by the undergraduate degree granting institution. Students who have earned AP credit for pre-requisite courses should avail themselves of the opportunity to take additional, advanced level courses.
Applicants will not be admitted with unresolved failures or other unfavorable conditions. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to modify the prerequisites when additional courses are necessary to improve an applicant's preparation for dental school. Admission requirements are subject to change without prior notice.